Greenbelt Alliance is proud to partner with and support the City of San José as they undergo the process of updating their parking standards for new development—a policy that hasn’t significantly changed since 1965. The changes under consideration include eliminating parking requirements in most areas of the city as well as new transportation demand management (TDM) requirements in new development. Learn more here.
The primary purpose of the combined changes to the City’s parking and TDM requirements is to reduce vehicle miles traveled generated by future development projects by requiring more on-site transportation amenities and improvements. These changes would provide more opportunities for a building’s tenants to get around without the use of their car, thereby reducing traffic congestion and demand for parking. It can also support affordable housing goals by reducing development costs and rents.
As part of this two-year policy update process (2019 – 2021), City staff and the project’s technical and engagement partners will evaluate existing parking, equity, and development issues in San José; review parking and TDM policies implemented in other cities; and engage with residents and community stakeholders on this topic.
We prepared a summary of resources for you to stay informed about the benefits of these changes:
Participate in the Community Workshops
The City of San José and partners, including Greenbelt Alliance and Veggielution, are carrying out an engagement process with city residents, the development community, and other stakeholders through Summer 2021.
If you are interested in learning more about how these changes will affect you and your community, join us! Check out the upcoming workshops to learn more about the policy updates under consideration, ask questions, and provide feedback.
Thursday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m.
In Person Workshop
At Veggielution Community Farm
Saturday, August 7, at 9 a.m.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
We prepared an FAQ to solve the most common doubts about this process. Read through and share with people who might be interested:
- More context is available in this blogpost.
- Check out this interview for NBC Bay Area
- Check out the story on Mercury News
Watch the Parking Reform for Climate Smart Cities
Watch the Parking Reform for Climate Smart Cities, hosted by Greenbelt Alliance in 2020, to understand more of the context.